The measurement of attitudes towards and beliefs about pain

Strong, Jenny, Ashton, Roderick and Chant, David (1992) The measurement of attitudes towards and beliefs about pain. Pain, 48 2: 227-236. doi:10.1016/0304-3959(92)90062-G

Author Strong, Jenny
Ashton, Roderick
Chant, David
Title The measurement of attitudes towards and beliefs about pain
Journal name Pain   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-3959
Publication date 1992-02-01
Year available 1992
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0304-3959(92)90062-G
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 227
End page 236
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract This study compared the psychometric properties of two scales designed to measure attitudes towards and beliefs about pain. The Survey of Pain Attitudes (Revised) SOPA(R) (Jensen and Karoly 1987) and the Pain Beliefs and Perceptions Inventory (PBPI) (Williams and Thorn 1989) were examined in terms of internal consistency, discriminant validity, factor structure, construct validity and sensitivity to age and gender effects. Results provided strong support for the SOPA(R) as a useful measurement tool for use with patients with chronic low back pain. Further work is suggested for the PBPI, as the reported factor structure was not replicated. Discussion centred around the possible reasons for this finding, with issues such as the possible orientation of different treatment facilities, the possible differences in attitudes between patients with different types of pain, and the possible influence of length of years in pain or the receipt of workers compensation payments being considered.
Keyword Assessment
Survey of pain attitudes (revised)
Pain beliefs and perceptions inventory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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